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Phil UpchurchUpchurch ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s – guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia – making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best Chicago soul of Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Riperton, and other greats of the time. This album's easily one of Phil's best – a mindblowing set of arrangements put together by the groundbreaking producer Charles Stepney – bringing together bits of jazz, rock, soul, and funk – all providing the perfect genre-blending space for Upchurch to solo! Given that there's no singer on the set, Phil's work on guitar is a lot freer than you're used to hearing – in a really great way, one that puts him in a space somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Jimi Hendrix! Brilliant all the way through, with tracks that include "Adam & Charlene", "You Wouldn't You Couldn't Be True", "Crosstown Traffic", "More & More", "Black Gold", "America", and "As You Said". CD

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Phil UpchurchWay I Feel ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Phil Upchurch – and one of the best from legendary arranger Charles Stepney too – a set that uses Upchurch's guitar in the same way that Stepney was using the piano of Ramsey Lewis in the late 60s! The record has full arrangements that are in the best late 60s Chess/Cadet style – rich, but never sleepy – with undercurrents of funk down at the bottom, and sweet backing vocals from a small group that includes Cash McCall and Kitty Haywood. But the real difference is Phil's guitar – which has some fuzzier, trippier elements – which make for a nice contrast with the smoothness of the Stepney backings, at a level that creates one of the most compelling Chess albums of the time! Titles include "Elektrik Head", "Peter Peter", "Way I Feel", "Bacn' Chips", and "You Don't Have To Know". CD

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✨✧ Phil UpchurchDarkness, Darkness ... CD
Blue Thumb/Higher Plane, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of darkness here from Phil Upchurch – those great tones and notes he worked so well back in the 70s – all with that near-perfect quality that made him one of the most in-demand players of his day! The style here is a bit different than some of Phil's previous work in Chicago – as the set was recorded on the west coast with support from players who include Joe Sample on piano, Arthur Adams on rhythm guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums. But that shift of locale hasn't dampened Phil's sound at all – and he's still getting a bit of hometown help from Donny Hathaway, who arranged a few tracks and also plays a bit of electric piano on the record. Other arrangements are by Nick DeCaro, and titles include "Love & Peace", "Darkness, Darkness", "Cold Sweat", "Fire And Rain", "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and "Inner City Blues". CD
Also available Darkness, Darkness ... LP 9.99
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✨✧ Soulful StringsMagic Of Christmas ... CD
Cadet/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy ... On October 9, 2015
A great little album of Christmas tunes – handled by this heavenly group of Chicago soul studio musicians! The great Richard Evans heads up the group – and as usual, he brings a sound to the recording that pushes the material way past its roots, using the string-heavy instrumentation of the ensemble to create some wonderfully spacey soul moments. Dorothy Ashby, Cleveland Eaton, and Phil Upchurch all get a chance to solo, and Bobby Christian plays vibes on a few nice cuts. Titles include "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowfall", "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy", "Sleigh Ride", and "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". Way more than a Christmas record – and one of the band's rarest LPs! CD

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✨✧ VariousInstrumentals Soul Style ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A heck of a diverse set of instrumental soul singles – with rarities and one time regional (and some national) hits alike – with tracks legends and relative unknowns from the 1960s! There's a lot of stuff here, and all of it's pretty great. The History Of Soul compilers are going for the "more bang for your buck" approach, rather than painstakingly chronicling a specific family of labels or regional scene. That said, it's got a thick booklet of notes that lays out the history pretty well, talking about the difference scenes, artists and labels. Includes tracks by Ike Turner, James Booker, Jimmy McGriff, James Brown, Booker T & The MGs and more on the more famous side, plus equally great numbers by lesser knowns on labels that include King, Sax, Fire, Sue, Peacock, RCA and many more. The 2CD set is really loaded up. 54 tracks in all! Titles include "Red Pepper" by Roosevelt Federation, "Whirlaway" by Allen Toussaint, "Texas Oil" by Freddie King, "Party Stomp" by The Egyptians, "So Far Away" by Hank Jacobs, "I've Got A Woman (Parts 1 & 2)" by Jimmy McGriff, "You Can't Sit Down", by Phil Upchurch, "Aw' Mercy" by Booker T & The MGs, "Hot Chile" by Nat Kendrick, ""Last Night" by Mar-Keys, "One Mint Julep" by Ray Charles, "Mo-Self" by Eugene Blacknell, "The Stranger (No Keys)" by King Kurtis and many more. CD

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✨✧ Hubert LawsChicago Theme ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who come together beautifully, almost in the style of a funky 70s cop show soundtrack! James plays keyboards, and other players include George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Don Grolnick, and Ron Carter – on titles that include James' own "Chicago Theme", a great cover of "Midnight At The Oasis" with wonderful drums from Steve Gadd, who also kicks it nice and large on Laws' own "I Had A Dream". Other tracks include "Going Home", "I Had A Dream", and "Inflation Chaser". CD
Also available Chicago Theme ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Jazz Loves Marvin Gaye ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazz loves Marvin Gaye – and we do too! Guess that makes us the perfect folks to rave about how wonderful this set is – a killer collection of 70s jazz funk numbers that pays homage to the great one – offering up instrumental versions of grooves originally recorded by Marvin for Motown – taking the tunes way past their original renderings with loads of sweet instrumental touches! There's still plenty of soul in the mix – given that most numbers here are done in an electrified fusion mode – and a few even feature some slight chorus vocals, too. Titles include "You Sure Love To Ball" by The JBs, "What's Going On" by Quincy Jones, "I Want You" by Gato Barbieri, "Distant Lover" by David Newman, "Don't Mess With Mr T" by Regina Carter, "When Did You Stop Loving Me" by Mongo Santamaria, "Inner City Blues" by Phil Upchurch, and "Trouble Man" by Grover Washington Jr. CD

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✨✧ Ronnie FosterRacer ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ronnie Foster cut plenty of sweet fusion sides for Columbia Records at the start of the 80s – but this set's from the second half of the decade, and was initially an album that was only issued for the Japanese market! Foster arranged the whole record himself, and works with a nice lean lineup that includes Phil Upchurch on guitar, Harvey Mason and Ndugu on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on additional percussion – all in a groove that's kind of a mid 80s update of Foster's earlier mode, still delivered with just the right sense of space and soul! Titles include "Ipanema Walk", "Festival Do Brasil", "Squirt", "Night Life", "Europe", and "The Racer". CD

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